ISIS's European network of militants has proven to be more extensive and deep-rooted than security services expected. And new evidence shows that the architect behind that network was one man: Abdelhamid Abaaoud.
Belgian writer Ismaël Saidi, now a successful playwright, grew up in Schaerbeek, the same neighborhood where bomb-making materials were discovered after this week's attacks. His dream for a nation is one that grows together with education, a love of life and hope for the future.
When news of the ISIS attacks on Brussels was heard in Paris, it seemed especially close. It was just last week when Salah Abdeslam, a key organizer of the Paris attacks in November, was captured in Brussels. We met several Parisians who observed a moment of silence Wednesday in front of City Hall in honor of the Belgian victims and their own.
Two of the suicide bombers who carried out attacks in Brussels on Tuesday are brothers. Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui, both Belgian nationals, had criminal records, according to Belgian officials Wednesday. At least 31 people were killed and 270 injured in the attacks at the city’s main airport and at a subway station in central Brussels. A manhunt is underway for a suspect who was recorded by a security camera alongside Ibrahim el-Bakraoui at the airport. Tuesday's violence was the deadliest terror attack in Europe since the Paris attacks in November.
In his just-released memoir a Belgian writer with Moroccan roots uses his experience to bridge cultures. In one chapter, he recounts learning how to slaughter sheep at home for the Muslim holidays. Non-Muslims ask him, “'You did that in your own house?’ “And the Muslims say, ‘Oh yeah, us too.’"
When Mohammed Salman moved to Belgium to pursue a PhD in political science in 2010, he had every intention of returning home to Syria. But the war intervened, and now the newly-minted Ph.D. is helping start up a program for refugees at the Free University of Brussels.
We're not going to give you very long to guess today's Geo Quiz. Think Europe and think beer. In fact the country we're looking for thinks its beer is the best in the world. They believe this so strongly that they've bottled it, so to speak.
Belgium is on the brink of forming a coalition government after more than 500 days of wrangling. The problem has largely been a north-south divide, one that looks like a microcosm of the north-south divide in the Eurozone.